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Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.


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A program in the special series on new internet startups. This program features four new web sites: igougo.com, ants.com, bestcalls.com, and gotomypc.com. Analysis by venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet
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Segments include: The World in the Camera - The Communist Threat Dwight Eisenhauer welcoming communist refugees The H Bomb test History of the Statue of Liberty Kitty Hawk - Wright Brothers Memorial - Footage of The Wright Brothers Teddy Roosevelt flies! Admiral Richard Byrd flies to the North Pole Charles Lindberg's flight Allied bombing of Europe Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the XS-1
Topic: Newsreel
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Getting therapy online may not be the best way to deal with personal issues, but the internet is providing new tools for self fulfilment. Featured sites on this program include wespsych.com, sonoma-aids.org, thetherapist.com, processes.org, and support-group.com. Featured guest is Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Topics: group therapy, advice, counseling
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The web has become a great place to find jobs. This show looked at several employment sites including monsterboard.com, individualsoftware.com, hotwired.com/dreamjobs, bridgesonline.com, and listfoundation.org (a spinoff of craigslist.org). Guests include Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #214.
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Topics: employment, jobs, career, 214
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One thing the web did was level the playing field for investors. This show looked at several online tools to help small investors. Featured sites include thestreet.com, siliconinvestor.com, justquotes.com, msmoney99.com, and etrade.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid, syndicated columnist of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #245.
Topics: investing, money, stock market, 245
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In this episode of NetCafé, we discuss four interesting websites that are utilizing the Internet in their own unique ways for philanthropy, e-commerce and community building.
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites covered include netflix.com, bigstep.com, genetichealth.com, and globalviewing.com. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Includes analysis by venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet
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The Internet has a reputation an excape from real life. On the contrary, it is hugely popular among people who have interests well beyond their lives online. An example of this would be the various performing arts. Writers, critics, actors, musicians and fans of performance have created a wide variety of great sites geared towards sharing their love of the arts.
Topic: Episodes: 1999
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The major sports news and information sites are still very popular, with up to 5,000 sites devoted to the most popular sports. But now even obscure sports like Gaelic Football, HackySack, and Paddleball have multiple sites. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #243.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, sports, cyber, 243
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Now in it's fourth year, the Webby Awards brings together the global online community for a dazzling celebration of the internet's best and brightest. This year's event was held at the Masonic Auditorum in San Francisco. The emcee was actor Alan Cummings. Special guest presenters included comedienne Sandra Bernhardt, musician John Perry Barlow, and editor Tina Brown. This program covers the first half of the Webby's ceremony. Originally broadcast in 2000.
Topics: webbys, awards, internet
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At the height of the dot com boom, web creators were recognized at an annual gala event called the Webby Awards. This year's awards ceremony was held at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Awards were given for best web site in twenty-two different categories. Emcees at the event were Marina Berlin and comedian Mark Marin. This program shows highlights from the last half of the awards ceremony. Anchoring the coverage from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew...
Topics: webbys, awards, internet
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As online buying grew, so did concern for consumer fraud on the web. This program looked at various ways to protect online consumers. Featured sites include bloomberg.com, privaseek.com, iescrow.com, consumernet.org, and consumer-action.org. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Topics: fraud, consumer protection, ecommerce
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Job hunting resources on the Internet are abundant. We'll take you to one with an electronic water cooler so you can see what people inside think about the company you're applying to as well as get tips from CareerBabe.com.
Topic: Episodes: 2000
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Some web sites are for fun, but many sites are just darn useful. This show looked at several practical web sites including when.com, learn2.com, instant-delivery.com, edmunds.com, and alexa.com. Featured guests include Brewster Kahle, co-founder of Alexa and founder of the Internet Archive. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: useful, alexa, edmunds
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Coverage of the first annual Webby Awards, recognizing the best sites on the internet. Awards were given in fifteen different categories. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown presides. Shot on location at Bimbo's night club in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1997.
Topics: webby awards, webbys, internet
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The internet changed political activism by providing a new and powerful communications and organization tool. This program reviews several web sites that serve the needs of activist groups. Among those covered are the Barron Park Neighborhood Association (BPA) web site and the Palo Alto College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA) web site. Also reviewed are smartvoter.org, lwv.org, mpac.org (a site for AMILA, American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism), igc.org, the site for the...
Topics: Sierra Club, muslims, voters, activist, neighborhood association, 202
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As web designers tried to make the internet look more like the "real" world, they experimented with three dimensional online environments. This program looks at several early examples. Mark Pesci explains VRML, the virtual reality modeling language. Chris Stuart demonstrates blacksun.com, a web site that uses VRML technology. Annette Louden demonstrates construct.net, an online environment for building VRML sites. Rick Denny and Skuli Mogensen of OZ, Inc. demonstrate their 3D web...
Topics: VRML, avatar, three dimensional
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Four new web businesses pitch their plans for striking it in rich in the dot com world. Sites covered include switchhouse.com, myplay.com, mycfo.com, and christianity.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evalutes the new web startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet
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Whether you wish to track your ancestors or attempt to locate your bith parents, there are hundreds of free resources online to help.
Topics: Episodes: 2000, finding, people
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Before Google, you had to be a bit more creative to find information on online. This program looked at several strategies. Featured sites include mapblast.com, infopeople.berkeley.edu, planetall.com, imdb.com, and wwwomen.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Orginally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #205.
Topics: engine, finding, search, 205
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This early episode of Net Cafe looks at art and artists on the Web including collaborative art sites. Web sites covered are sito.org, art.net, artnet.com, srl.org, metroactive.com, crashsite.com, and Fractal Painter. Guests include Lynne Hershman Leeson, Annette Louden, Lile Elam, Eric Paulos, and Jeremy Sutton. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at the...
Topics: art, video, collaboration
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It is said that one of the most important social aspects of the internet is that it levels the playing field for people and provides new access for users with ideas. This program looks at several examples of sites that provide a platform for a variety of diverse interests. Guest DaMeila Drayton demonstrates Teenage Empowerment and introduces several teen chat sites that focus on topics of interest especially to teenagers. Muki Izora demonstrates oceanbank.com and the Plugged In program aimed at...
Topics: teenagers, urban, labor, peace, green, accessibility, disabled
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The web has become home to lots of strange claims and outlandish charges, all part of free speech. But some of the people affected by these cyber writings have tried to stifle this new form of expression on the internet. This program looks at several controversial stories which have led to censorship attempts. Topics covered include the Church of Scientology and its efforts to stop online stories critical of the church; the battle between McDonalds and mcspotlight.org, a site critical of...
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The Web is a great place to further your knowledge and learn about the world around you. It doesn't matter what stage you are in your life, the learning possibilities online are endless.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, learning, education
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A program in the special Net Cafe series on internet startups. Sites reviewed include ehealthinsurance.com, quova.com, opencola.com, and legalzoom.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates the startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
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A look at how various arts groups use the internet. Web sites reviewed include sfopera.com, ladyofspain.com, eiu.org, dramex.org, and annabegins.com. Features the official web site for lovers and players of the accordion including a performance by accordion afficionado Tom Torriglia. Also a look at a fan web site for Counting Crows and some experimental performances of techno art. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Guest...
Topics: opera, accordion, drama, counting crows, techno
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We're now all familiar with mega health sites like webmd.com, but the idea of putting up health resources online started in the first days of the web. This program looks at early examples including thebody.com, a site focused on information for HIV and AIDS patients. Also, the Water Birthing Site; outbreak.org, a site about the spread of the ebola virus; several sites from Masschusetts General Hospital and the Harvard University Medical School; and a demonstration of i-phone, a new way for...
Topics: HIV, AIDS, ebola, birthing, neurology
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Four new web businesses pitch their plans for striking it in rich in the dot com world. Sites covered include switchhouse.com, myplay.com, mycfo.com, and christianity.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evalutes the new web startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: christianity, cfo, entrepreneur
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include half.com, epinions.com, wfn.com, eboodle.com, and elance.com. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sharon Johnson, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites covered include knightridderdigital.com, nielsennetratings.com, fancast.com, and sidestep.com. Shot on loacation at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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Computers and the Internet get a bad rap for keeping people alone, in dark rooms, staring at a screen. Instead many people are using the Web to find out about places they can go and things they can do. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, travel
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include buzzhits.com, popularpower.com, ebrary.com, and achieva.com. Includes analysis from venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: buzzhits, ebrary, achieva
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include fandango.com, realarcade.com, hal.com, and quickbrowse.com. Hosts are Andrew deVries, Sara O'Brien, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
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Four new web sites pitch their business plans to convince our panel that they will succeed. Sites reviewed include liquidprice.com, myonlycatalog.com, explorelearning.com, and ahealthyme.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux helps evaluate the companies. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: health, entrepreneur, startup
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This week, four interesting new websites are featured on NetCafé.
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Four entrepreneurs pitch their business plans for new internet sites. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates their chances for success. Sites reviewed are ehealthinsurance.com, quova.com, opencola.com, and legalzoom.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: law, health, legal
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One of the first ecommerce successes on the internet was buying airline tickets and travel packages. This program looks at some of the first online travel booking sites. Demonstrations include earthwatch.org, a site for adventure travel. Also lonelyplanet.com, one of the earliest attempts to put travel guides on line. Another site, roadsideamerica.com, offered advice on "strange and wacky" vacations. Other travel sites shown are eathere.com, terraquest.com, magna.com, epicurious.com,...
Topics: vacation, touring, adventure, guide
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include jobfly.com, netledger.com, itinerary.com, and inclusion.net. Analysis from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Franscisco.
Topics: internet, startup, entrepreneur
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This week, four interesting new websites are featured on NetCafé.
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Four internet startups compete and pitch their business plans to explain why they think they will succeed. Sites covered include ephysician.com, shutterfly.com, tellme.com, and military.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates the companies. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: ephysician, tellme, shutterfly
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Five internet startups make their pitch on why they think they will be a profitable web business. Sites reviewed include keen.com, webswap.com, getfit.com, bestoffer.com, and zing.com. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Sharon Johnson, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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Five internet startups make their pitch on why they think they will be a profitable web business. Sites reviewed include keen.com, webswap.com, getfit.com, bestoffer.com, and zing.com. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Sharon Johnson, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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This week on NetCafé, we are talking about four interesting web sites, including QuickBrowse, HomeAtLastRescue, Real Arcade, and Fandango.
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Four entrepreneurs pitch their business plans for new internet sites. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates their chances for success. Sites reviewed are ehealthinsurance.com, quova.com, opencola.com, and legalzoom.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include buzzhits.com, popularpower.com, ebrary.com, and achieva.com. Includes analysis from venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
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Four new internet businesses make their pitch and explain why they think they will succeed. Web sites reviewed include buzzhits.com, popularpower.com, ebrary.com, and achieva.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates their plans. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
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A look at early e-commerce. Featured sites include comparenet.com, zauction.com, autobytel.com, and virtualvin.com. Guests include Jessica Adelson, editor of NetGuide magazine. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1997 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Topics: shopping, ecommerce, buying on line
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Young entrepreneurs compete to get financing for their new internet business ideas. Featured sites include customatix.com, mondomedia.com, uplister.com, and how2tv.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux helps pick the winners. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 2000.
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A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites featured include indymedia.org, babycenter.com, listen.com, and saddletech.com. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, internet, startup